Any artist who chooses the human figure as a subject must possess solid drawing skills. And no painting is a success that doesn’t feature dynamic composition and skilled handling of color, contrast and edges. But where the two are paired, where there is both technical proficiency and emotional power, that’s where paintings of a human subject have the power to move us unlike any other.
In this special gallery, view more portrait and figural work by four notable pastel artists—Alain Picard, Sydney McGinley, Ellen Eagle and Sam Goodsell—featured in Pastel Journal (October 2010).
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